Friday, January 31, 2014

Cash mob and mama's night out Feb 8 in support of Bloom after recent robbery

Since last winter, Bloom has been providing Ithaca families with a fun and interactive play space and ethically sourced retail options. The store has adorable clothes and toys and offers free-play, organized play, class, birthday party and date-night options.

Sadly, Bloom was the target of a late-night robbery in early January. While  Co-owners Draya and McKenzie feel incredibly lucky that their store and merchandise were not damaged, they lost a considerable amount of cash and were responsible for fixing their shattered door, neither of which are being covered by their insurance.

 Mama's Comfort Camp leaders are organizing a cash mob and Mama's Pajama Party to help! Please come out Feb 8th and help to replenish some of their funds and help them feel that their store is loved and safe! Draya and McKenzie say they are amazed by and grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from the community.

        Feb 8
12-5 pm Cash Mob! Come out and buy some great stuff. Goodies, 2pm children's yoga and Miss Angie's Music&Motion to follow.
8:30-10 pm Mama's Comfort Camp Pajama Party come show your support and indulge in some treats, music and self-kindness. Wear comfy clothes.

More details can be found at the Facebook Event page.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cry Baby Cinema!

Okay, you guys, I am SOOO jealous right now. Ithaca is finally getting something I wished we had when my little ones were babies! Starting January 23rd, Cinemapolis is providing a service they call "Cry Baby Cinema" every Thursday! Here's the deal:

• Special Weekly Matinees for Grown Ups w/ Babies
• Each Thursday, Doors Open at 11 am
• Babes-in-Arms, Strollers, and Carriers Welcome
• All Five Regular Movies Screen with Lower Volume and Dimmed House Lights

**Parents should remember that these are NOT "family" films. They are screening their regular slate of films for grown-ups and welcoming babes-in-arms, strollers, and carriers.

If parents are bringing children old enough to take a seat in the theater and watch the film, they should do so only after reading up on the content of the films and ensuring it meets their own personal criteria for what is appropriate for their child.

Admission for Children attending to view the film will be our usual child rate of $6.50. Babes-in-arms, infants in strollers, and carriers will be let in for free. Adult tickets will be the usual matinee rate of $8.

I asked Brett Bossard, the executive director of Cinemapolis to tell me more about how this parent-friendly option came to happen.  
"Cry Baby Cinema was the brainchild of board member Allison Andersen and her fellow education committee member, Karen Rodriguez. Karen had attended similar screenings at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. The committee discussed it at length, finding the right time, the right day and the right way to present the concept, and what you see is what they arrived at!"
The movies will be screened with dimmed house lights and slightly lower volume to allow parents to more easily care for their little ones in tow. For more information on Cinemapolis and to see what's playing, check out their website at

Sunday, January 5, 2014

At the Car Wash!

 For the last 2 years, Finn has spent 80% of his free time playing with cars and trucks. His favorite thing in the whole world being  Monster Trucks (see Monster Truck Birthday Party). When we found ourselves home one day, I decided it was time to have some fun. We had recently been through an automatic car wash where I'd had the idea to make something like this for his trucks. So we scrounged around the house for car wash items and this is what we came up with.

We found a foam box we weren't using anymore (I think it was a cd holder at one time). This would serve as the main drive through part of the car wash. I cut holes in the frame big enough for monster trucks to drive though (and therefore Hotwheels cars would fit as well).

I planned where ribbons and felt pieces would hang down and attached them with wooden skewers.
I found that hair rollers made the perfect car wash accessory, so to keep them rolling, I put a plastic peg through the floor for it to sit on. I had to cut into the side a bit for the rollers to be wide enough and still work. 

We had a front to a toy hospital that was rarely played with. This served as our entrance.


I hot glued everything in place and let Finn play with it. BUT the car wash wasn't done....

I poked holes in some flexible tubing we had and threaded it through the top of the car wash and into a squeeze bottle (Wilton brand). I blocked off the open end with hot glue and some red duct tape.

SQUEEZE! It's time for these trucks to get wet!!
 Between Finn and his friends, this car wash has had hours and hours of play and is still in great shape! Finn's favorite is to put them in the sandbox first and then run them through the car wash.